Readers' letters

Carry On Parliament

Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 9:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 11:42 am
Andy Murray celebrates winning the Mens Singles Final at Wimbledon, see letter

I would just like to express my disgust with several MPs in the Labour party who have conspired against their ‘democratically’ elected leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

I see Angela Eagle is now making her own challenge to be the new leader of Labour – she hopes to topple Jeremy Corbyn. I’d like to wish Jeremy Corbyn good luck and I hope he sends his rival packing.

But in one newspaper it showed Angela Eagle surrounded by at least 15 women. I just wonder if this is a “make-believe” new Labour cabinet of the future? Nothing surprises me now in UK politics. Especially where ‘gender’ and ‘equality’ are concerned.

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The UK is in turmoil and everyone in politics is back-stabbing each other.

I’d like to know just who is running the country – and who’s actually doing their parliamentary jobs?

And it looks like there will be a general election in the near future. May battle commence.

I see there are plans to remake several Carry On films.

How about Carry On Parliament, given the current political situation?

But, where are the comedy scriptwriters?

They’re almost all dead!

And bearing in mind that ‘political correctness’ now rules our everyday lives and dictates to us all what we all ‘can’ and ‘cannot’ say – the script would never get past the PC brigade!

Personally, speaking, I’d seriously love to pen a script!

Oh, for the joys of UK politics!

Darryl Ashton,

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I’m a proud European

What a sporting Sunday we have just had! Well done to Andy Murray on securing his second Wimbledon title and to underdogs Portugal for winning the European Championship.

I am delighted that representatives of Scotland and Portugal are doing well in the sporting world. This is because I consider myself to be a European ahead of being English, despite the sad result of the Brexit vote. Maybe the next referendum on Europe, whenever that may be, will have a different outcome, one of celebrating togetherness rather than “us and them”.

Harry Francis,



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